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|Saturday, 22 September 2007 00:33|
Oakland at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EDT). The Indians are scheduled to send Paul Byrd to the mound as they chase the AL's best record.
-Brad Hawpe, Rockies, homered with two outs in the 14th inning and Colorado beat San Diego 2-1.
-Greg Zaun, Blue Jays, hit a go-ahead homer in the 14th inning to lift Toronto over the New York Yankees 5-4.
-Aramis Ramirez, Cubs, hit a pair of three-run homers to power the Chicago Cubs past Pittsburgh 13-8.
-Josh Fields, White Sox, hit two homers and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 6-4.
-Tony Clark, Diamondbacks, drove in four runs, including a two-run homer, and Arizona routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-3.
BYE, BYE, BONDS
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20 FOR BECKETT
Josh Beckett pitched six strong innings to become the Red Sox's first 20-game winner since Curt Schilling in 2004 and lead Boston to an 8-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Friday. He's the first in the majors to do it since 2005, when Dontrelle Willis, Chris Carpenter, Bartolo Colon and Roy Oswalt all reached the plateau.
Fausto Carmona won his 18th game and Cleveland beat Oakland 4-3 on Friday to lower their magic number to two for clinching their first AL Central title since 2001. The Indians are the only team in the majors with two 18-game winners, with Carmona tying teammate C.C. Sabathia. Carmona, 23, is the youngest Indians right-hander to win 18 or more games since Bob Feller did it each year from 1939-1941.
Johan Santana's troubles with the long ball continue. Josh Fields hit two homers and Jim Thome added the 503rd of his career to lift the Chicago White Sox to a 6-4 victory over Minnesota on Friday. Santana struck out 11 in seven innings but lost for the fourth time in five starts. The three homers pushed his total for the season to 33, most in the American League.
Brad Hawpe homered with two outs in the 14th inning and the Colorado Rockies ended San Diego's seven-game winning streak by beating the Padres 2-1 on Friday night.
Florida committed a team record six errors while allowing eight unearned runs, and the New York Mets put the brakes on their free fall by winning 9-6 on Friday. The misplays were nothing new for the last-place Marlins, who lead the major leagues with 127 errors.
``A lot of them, after they saw what happened, could've not showed and gone to high school football. I'm totally impressed.'' - Detroit manager Jim Leyland, on the size and enthusiasm of the home crowd on Friday, coming off a deflating sweep against the Indians earlier in the week. The Tigers beat Kansas City 5-4, maintaining their slim chances of making the playoffs.
1911 - Cy Young, 44, beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 for his 511th and final major league victory.
1936 - The Detroit Tigers swept the St. Louis Browns 12-0 and 14-0 to record the biggest double shutout in major league history.
1954 - Karl Spooner of Brooklyn became the first pitcher in the majors to strike out 15 in his first game as the Dodgers beat the New York Giants 3-0.
1966 - The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first AL pennant in 22 years with a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City A's. Their last pennant came in 1944 when they were the St. Louis Browns.
1968 - Cesar Tovar played one inning at each position for the Minnesota Twins, becoming the second major leaguer in history to do it. Bert Campaneris of the Oakland A's was the other.
1977 - Bert Blyleven tossed a 6-0 no-hitter for Texas against the Angels at Anaheim Stadium.
1986 - Fernando Valenzuela of Los Angeles became the first Mexican to win 20 games, beating the Houston Astros 9-2 while allowing two hits.
1987 - Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox reached the 200-hit mark for the fifth straight season in an 8-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
1990 - Andre Dawson of the Chicago Cubs stole his 300th base in an 11-5 loss to the New York Mets, to become the second player with 300 homers, 300 steals and 2,000 hits. Willie Mays was the other.
1993 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers faced three Seattle batters before hurting his right elbow. Ryan finished his career with 324 wins, 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters.
1993 - The Colorado Rockies played the final home of their inaugural season and finished with a major league home attendance record of 4,483,350.
2000 - Houston's Jose Lima set an NL single-season record by allowing his 47th homer in the Astros' 12-5 loss to Cincinnati. Minnesota's Bert Blyleven set the major league record for home runs allowed in a season (50) in 1986.
2003 - Detroit set an AL record with its 118th loss, falling 12-6 to Kansas City. The 1916 Philadelphia Athletics (36-117) set the record.
2003 - Second baseman Alfonso Soriano broke a major league record by hitting his 13th leadoff homer of the year in the New York Yankees' 10-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
2004 - Raul Ibanez tied an American League record with six hits in Seattle's 16-6 victory over Anaheim.
2006 - Alfonso Soriano became baseball's first 40-40-40 player in Washington's 3-2 win over the New York Mets. Soriano hit his 40th double and stole his 41st base. With 45 homers, he already was only the fourth major league player with 40 homers and 40 steals in a season.
Today's birthday: Tommy Lasorda 80.
1908 - In a crucial game with the Chicago Cubs, Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to touch second base as the apparent winning run crossed home plate. This resulted in a great dispute and the game was eventually declared a tie and played over on Oct. 8 when the Cubs and Giants ended the season in a tie.
1952 - The Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the NL title, the first time since 1948 that the pennant wasn't decided in the season's final game.
1957 - Hank Aaron's 11th-inning homer gave the Milwaukee Braves a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals and the NL pennant. It was the first time since 1950 that a New York team hadn't finished first.
1979 - Lou Brock stole base No. 938, breaking Billy Hamilton's record, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 7-4 in 10 innings.
1983 - Steve Carlton of Philadelphia recorded his 300th career victory with a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
1984 - The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win more than 100 games in each league.
1986 - Rookie left-hander Jim Deshaies set a major league record by striking out eight batters to start the game and finished with a two-hitter and 10 strikeouts to lead the Houston Astros past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.
1988 - Jose Canseco became the first major leaguer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in one season as the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-8 in 14 innings. Canseco hit his 41st homer and stole two bases, giving him 40 for the season.
1992 - Bip Roberts tied the NL record with his 10th consecutive hit, then grounded out against Pedro Astacio to end his streak in the Cincinnati Reds' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1998 - Houston's Craig Biggio became the second player this century to have 50 steals and 50 doubles in a season, joining Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Biggio, with 51 doubles, singled for his second hit of the game and easily stole his 50th base with two outs in the sixth.
2000 - Rafael Palmeiro homered in Texas' 15-4 loss to Anaheim, becoming the 32nd player to hit 400 home runs.
2001 - Alex Rodriguez hit his 48th home run, breaking Ernie Banks' major league record for shortstops and lifting Texas to a 5-2 win over Anaheim.
2001 - Sammy Sosa became the first player to hit three home runs in a game three times in a season, but Moises Alou's two-run shot rallied Houston to a 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
2004 - Greg Maddux picked up his 15th win of the season in Chicago's 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Maddux reached 15 wins for a record 17th consecutive season. He surpassed Cy Young's record of 15 consecutive 15-win seasons in 2003.
2006 - Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run in San Francisco's 10-8 loss to Milwaukee, breaking Hank Aaron's NL record.
Today's birthdays: Matt Kemp 23; Jeff Cirillo 38.